These are a few reasons many people choose to switch to Contact Lenses.
Contacts give you a full field of focused vision
Contact lenses are available in the same prescription strength as glasses, but they often give wearers a full field of focused vision wherever they look. Contacts move with your eyes and help you track action with sharp, direct, and peripheral vision.
Switching to contacts means you can say goodbye to the reflections you sometimes get with glasses.
Don’t steam up or get water spots
Freedom to lead an active lifestyle
If you lead an active lifestyle, contact lenses give you more freedom and flexibility to enjoy these activities. Lenses are lighter and less obtrusive than glasses, which means you can run and move with greater ease. And if you participate in contact sports, contact lenses won’t interfere with protective headgear.
Contact lenses won’t bounce up and down or slip off
Contacts can give you more confidence
Some people love the way they look in glasses, but others don’t so much.
There are several types of multifocal contact lenses the different designs include:
- Aspheric multifocal lenses – these are similar to progressive lenses and have a smooth transition between the different prescriptions in one lens. One of the prescriptions will be in the middle and will progressively shift outward.
- Concentric – in these lenses, concentric circles on the lens enable a gradual transition from one prescription to the next. The rings are similar to a bull’s eye pattern.
- Segmented – These lenses are similar to bifocal glasses lenses, having the close prescription in the bottom half and the distant prescription in the top. To keep these lenses in place on the eye, the lower portion is flattened.
Multifocal contact lenses have a few advantages that progressive glasses may not have:
- No blurry side vision: When focusing on close objects, progressive glasses can cause blurred side vision, whereas multifocal contacts provide clear side vision.
- Easy to use: To read while wearing progressive glasses, you may need to angle your head downwards. Multifocal contacts allow you to read comfortably without dropping your head and offer a bigger reading area.
- Reading above your head: With multifocal contact lenses, reading text that is above head level is significantly easier.
- No fingerprints: Contact lenses may be easier to care foron a daily basis than glasses, especially if you don’t like fingerprints on your lenses. Contact lenses only need to be cleaned twice a day, whereas glasses need to be cleaned several times per day.
- No distortions: Straight lines can sometimes appear curved when wearing multifocal glasses. Multifocal contact lenses rarely cause vision distortion.
- Computer work: If you use a computer, multifocal contact lenses may be more comfortable than progressive glasses since you can view the screen while maintaining a natural head and neck position.
- Lifestyle and sports: Multifocal contact lenses, rather than spectacles, may be better suited to an active lifestyle, especially if you enjoy contact or extreme sports.
Traditionally multifocal glasses have been the solution for older people, but younger people who may be suffering from digital eye strain could be prescribed multifocal contact lenses as part of the treatment solution for digital eye strain.
The adjustment period can range anywhere from a week to two months. Your eyes will adjust faster if you wear your lenses as much as possible. While adjusting to the lenses, some individuals have eye strain and headaches, so talk to your optometrist about any symptoms you’re experiencing.
Both multifocal glasses and multifocal contact lenses have advantages and disadvantages, and your optometrist can help you determine which is best for your eyes and lifestyle.
Myth: Contact lenses aren’t for all ages
Fact: Contact lenses can be worn by anyone over the age of 8. The age a child can start wearing lenses is dependent on their motivation to wear lenses, responsibility, and maturity.
Myth: Contact lenses can get lost behind your eye
Fact: It’s physically impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye. The lens can’t move behind your eye as there is a thin membrane that covers the outside part of your eye and connects to your eyelids. If your lens slips out of place, a few forceful blinks will usually reposition it, or cause it to fall out.
Myth: Contact lenses can get stuck on the eye
Fact: Contact lenses should not stick to your eye if you follow your optometrist’s instructions for wear, care, and removal. Soft contact lenses can temporarily stick to your eye if they dry out, or if you fall asleep with them in. Usually a few drops of contact lens solution will loosen them, allowing you to remove them.
Myth: Contact lenses can pop out of the eye
Fact: Contact lenses that are properly fitted should never pop out of your eye. If your lens has moved to another part of your eye, blink a few times or close your eyelid and lightly press on it and the lens should return to its original position.
Myth: Contact lenses are uncomfortable
Fact: Modern contact lenses are designed to be extremely comfortable to wear all day. When you first put lenses on, they may feel strange, but you will quickly get used to them.
If another issue, like dry eye, is making wearing lenses uncomfortable, there are ways to hydrate your eyes so that your lenses don’t irritate them.
Reduce your risk of contact lens complications
You can reduce complications by following your optometrist’s instructions on how to properly care for and handle your contact lenses.
You should also attend regular appointments every 6 to 12 months.
If you experience eye pain, redness, blurry vision, or discharge from your eyes, remove your lenses and contact your optometrist.
Costume contact lenses
Costume contact lenses can alter the look of your eyes without correcting your vision. The lenses can change the colour of your eyes or provide a frightening appearance for a Halloween costume.
But, costume contact lenses can cause serious and permanent eye damage.
Also known as cosmetic or fashion lenses, costume lenses are typically sold by businesses that don’t specialise in eye care. Contact lenses are medical devices that require a proper lens fitting and should only be obtained with an optometrist’s prescription.
Costume (or fashion) contact lenses can cut, scratch and infect your eye if they don’t fit correctly. They can cause corneal abrasions, corneal ulcers and potentially blinding, painful bacterial infections like keratitis.
Costume contact lenses also let less oxygen through to the eye because the paints and pigments used to add colour make the lenses thicker and less breathable.
Dry eye contact lens solution
Scleral contact lenses are an effective solution for patients with dry eyes.
Standard contact lenses sit directly on the cornea and can irritate already sore dry eyes, scleral lenses do not come in contact with the cornea at all and are designed to keep the eyes hydrated throughout the day, providing comfort, and improving dry eye symptoms.
What is dry eye syndrome?
It’s a common condition that results from insufficient tear quantity, or inadequate tear quality.
Your tears are responsible for lubricating and protecting the surface of your eyes. When your tears cannot adequately hydrate your eyes, dry eye symptoms can result.
Dry eye syndrome can be caused by a variety of eye or medical conditions, irritants in your environment, fluctuating hormones, certain medications, and even long term contact lens use.